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I was introduced to Frank in a bar in 2004. My days and nights as a Music Row beat reporter had afforded me a bit of knowledge on his history, but I had never met him face to face. I had read his profile – he came to Nashville in the 90’s, worked for a publishing company called Bluewater Music, moved on to Decca Records where he met his wife, and in 1999, set up his own shop with fellow journeyman song-whore Travis Hill. They called their new venture Carnival Music, and when I met him, that’s all he was.

Don’t blame me for writing Frank Liddell off so quickly. My professional experience with music business executives often leaves me wondering if it’s too late to get a job at a sports rag rather than spend more time writing about these soulless, aimless people. A closer examination of Frank’s career, however, tells the story of a music lover committed to finding unique and excellent music and bringing it to the world. His early work as a producer with Chris Knight, the Black Dog soundtrack, and Buddy Holly tribute album Not Fade Away is worthy of its high praise.

Carnival Music’s diverse roster of writers reflects Frank’s sensibilities. Each has their own voice, and each contributes to Carnival’s catalog of songs, which finds no equal in creativity or originality and boasts ten number one singles. Frank’s continued work as a producer is no less impressive, and I personally celebrated when Miranda Lambert’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, produced by Frank and Mike Wrucke, was recognized as the ACM Album of the Year in 2008. A true workaholic, he has recently completed records on Miranda and David Nail and is in the studio working on a handful of projects as we speak. Frank’s efforts should increase in importance as Music Row enters a new stage of creativity.

– Will Weller, Editor, Music Town Magazine


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